North Carolina vs. Lipscomb NCAA Tournament Prediction, Game Preview

North Carolina vs. Lipscomb NCAA Tournament Prediction, Game Preview

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North Carolina vs. Lipscomb NCAA Tournament Prediction, Game Preview


NCAA Tournament: North Carolina vs. Lipscomb fearless prediction and game preview.


Broadcast

Date: Friday, March 16
Game Time: 2:45 ET
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Network: CBS

All You Really Need To Know About North Carolina (25-10)

(ACC), RPI: 5. 2-seed

It’s almost like the defending national champs are ready to turn it on. They managed to lose a few games late in the season, but they got to the ACC title game with a great tournament. And now it’s time to find that extra gear again thanks to one of the nation’s best offenses.

It’s a smart, veteran team that’s obviously been through all the wars, with Joel Berry, Luke Maye and company leaned a balanced attack. The Tar Heels lead the nation in rebounding, swing the ball around to get the open shot, and are ultra-careful with the ball. They can’t guard from three, though, and don’t force a slew of steals, but they do everything else right.

All You Really Need To Know About Lipscomb (23-9)

(Atlantic Sun), RPI: 102. 15-seed

The Atlantic Sun champs pulled off a shocker by blowing up FGCU in a wild 108-96 win for the conference title. It’s a fun team led by Garrison Mathews and Rob Marberry – combining to average 38 points per game – but the key is the team’s ability to dominate the defensive boards.

The Bisons, though, have a huge problem with turnovers – they give the ball away a LOT – and they hack away. However, it’s one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the country, it moves the ball around well, and it loves getting into shootouts.

What’s Going To Happen

Because North Carolina needs more of a break, it gets to play its first two round games in Charlotte.

The Tar Heels, though, will get challenged on the boards more than they might like against a Lipscomb team that’s active enough on the boards to be a problem. However, the Bisons turn the ball over way too often – North Carolina will come up with too many easy points.

The Lipscomb offense, though will come up with their share of threes to keep this interesting for a little while – and then will come the big Tar Heel run to put it away with ease.

The adoring home crowd will be happy to help.

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Fearless Prediction & Line

North Carolina 90, Lipscomb 68
Line: North Carolina -19.5, o/u: 161

ATS Confidence: 2

5: Watching games by Vegas pool working on fruity drink No. 3
1: Watching game online while doing TPS reports in your cubicle

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